Recycling Contamination

Multi-Unit Dwellings (MUDs) – Recycling Bin Inspection Program

Multi-unit dwellings (MUDs) tend to exhibit higher levels of recycling contamination (relative to single-unit dwellings) and are notoriously difficult to engage with in relation to the delivery of education for correct recycling practices.

EnviroCom was engaged by Burwood Council to conduct a Bin Inspection Program (BIP) of MUDs in selected suburbs of Burwood. The inspection program was designed to assess the level and composition of contamination in the recycling stream, and use this information to provide education and guidance to the community to improve recycling practices. Following inspections educational resources were given to every household, containing specific feedback regarding the performance of the whole complex and targeted information highlighting recyclable and non-recyclable items.

The program was successful with a 17% improvement overall in recycling practices (i.e. decreasing contamination), and a significant reduction in the occurrence of high and extreme levels of contamination.